When most people start looking into having their exterior surfaces cleaned, they are unaware that professional roof cleaning is an option. Once they realize that roof cleaning services are offered by most professional power washing companies, then the next two major questions come about:
Roof Cleaning is a service that safely lifts various debris, and eliminates organic growth, without damaging your roof. Roof Cleaning is done using a ‘Soft Wash’ system which is a low-pressure method of cleaning. When using the soft wash method, most professional roof cleaners will apply a biodegradable disinfecting cleaning solution to the roof which will help kill the roots of any organic growth that may be causing damage to your shingles. After a predetermined time, the solution is rinsed off.
If the rinsing part of the roof cleaning is not done correctly, you could end up causing damage to your shingles and even voiding the warranty on your roof. Shingles should never be scrubbed or sprayed with high pressure as they may loosen or remove granules or the shingles themselves.
A proper roof cleaning should remove most organic growth, eliminate any remaining root systems and lighten streaking that may be present.
According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, your roof should be inspected twice a year. Upon inspection, there are various organic growths that may appear on your roof such as lichens, algae, and moss.
Lichen is a crusty-like growth that can hold moisture in your shingles, speeding up normal wear and tear.
Algae, also known as Gloeocapsa Magma, may appear as black streaks down your roof and can be very destructive and cause the roof to rot.
Moss appears as green, fuzzy growth and can be terrible for your roof no matter what material it is made from. Moss can grow under your shingles, tiles, shakes, etc., and cause them to lift – causing direct damage to your roof.
If any of these growths appear on your roof, it is a good idea to schedule a professional roof cleaning to prevent any damage to your roof’s integrity. If roof cleaning is done properly, it can increase the lifespan of your roof.
A standard roof is expected to last 20 to 30 years if maintained properly; however, these organic growths can destroy your roof much faster and put your home at risk for leaks and potentially harmful damage.
Roof maintenance is not only important for the structural integrity of your roof, but it is beneficial for increasing curb appeal. Roof soft-washes remove leaves, debris, and dirt that may be making your house look unkempt. Whether you have HOA standards to maintain or you are preparing to sell your home, Roof washings can really transform the overall appearance of your home’s exterior.
Roof Cleaning is a valuable investment and should only be done by professionals. It should not be added to the ‘DIY list’ as it can be a dangerous job if not approached correctly. Standing on a slippery, sloped roof while trying to operate a power washing machine takes some practice and expertise. Not to mention, professional roof cleaners are experienced with navigating around chimneys, vents, and flashings without damaging those areas.
Roof Cleaning can ultimately save you money in the long run. The cost of a soft wash compared to replacing or fixing a damaged roof is astronomical. According to Home Advisor,
“Nationally, the average homeowner spends about $8,353 to install a new roof, and most spend within a range of $5,568 and $11,431. Typical roof replacement costs fall between $3.50 and $5 per square foot depending on the materials used and location. The cost breaks down to about 40% for materials and 60% in labor”.
Your roof protects everything inside your home, including your family, it is important to upkeep regular maintenance to maintain the roof’s structural integrity. For more information about the ins and outs of roof cleaning, contact your local roof cleaning company.